Friday, October 12, 2018

Kindred Spirits is Live!

Kindred Spirits is now available on Amazon as both an ebook and a paperback, and on Smashwords as an ebook. I sincerely hope you enjoy Elijah's story!


Amazon links:
US 
UK 

Smashwords



Monday, October 8, 2018

Welcome Lynn Michaels & The Dirty Dozen Blog Hop!


Hi everyone, welcome to the Dirty Dozen Blog Hop! Here's how it works: for 12 days leading up to GRL, 12 authors are hosting each other on our blogs or websites and answering 12 questions each. Visit our Rafflecopter link here to enter the drawing to win 12 ebooks, one from each of the participating authors. 

I'm thrilled to host my friend Lynn Michaels today! Let's get right to her interview:


Amy Wasp - What is your favorite trope to write and why?
I like writing in so many tropes, but my favorite is twisting them up.  For example, taking friends to enemies to lovers or “not interested in anybody because I’m too busy with my career” but now I’m gay for you. I want to take the standards and make them new. It’s also why I like writing speculative fiction and fantasy.

Jeff Adams - what’s your favorite part of the writing process and why?
Initially building and outlining the story. That’s where massive creativity comes in. I’m discovering who the characters are and what they want and how the plot will move for the first time. It’s always exciting.

TM Smith – What inspires you to write?
What doesn’t inspire me would be a shorter list. I catch inspiration and ideas from everywhere, even just driving down the road.

AE Via - What career would you have if you never would've published your first book?
I’m a part time writer and a corporate recruiter in real life.

Lynn Michaels - How do you balance being original and giving the readers what they expect/want?
Obviously, I’m still working on this one. I’m starting to get an idea about what my readers are looking for, but I think I’m having more fun trying to surprise them with something different than what they expect.

JR Barten  - What have you done as a writer that you are most proud of?
This is the hardest question. I’m so proud of everything I’ve done so far.  I think two things stands out right now, though. First, just getting that very first thing published. It took a lot of guts to put myself out there, and I had no clue what I was doing. The second is having Our Own Story accepted at eXtasybooks. The first was my own validation and the second was my first external validation.

Morningstar Ashley  - What genre and trope would you like to write that you haven't yet? 
I’ve been liking the fake boyfriend thing lately. I’m thinking it would be a lot of fun to see what I could do with it.

Alexa Land - What are you working on now, and when can your readers expect it?
Bike Business: A Holeshot Novel.  Hopefully...February. Also an angel and demon story that may be out before that one.

Deanna Wadsworth - How do you come up with your character's names?
Sometimes it just comes to me. They tell me who they are, but sometimes I have to play around with names until I get it. There are different baby name lists and name generators online that I can peruse if I’m getting stuck. Once or twice, I’ve asked my readers for suggestions.

K-Lee Klein - Do you usually have only one project on the go or do you multitask between stories?
I have a pipeline. Different stories at different stages. Some being outlined, some in edits, some with Beta readers, some being drafted. I try to only focus on one when I’m drafting, but that’s often difficult.

Jessie Gin - What do you think makes a good story?
The unexpected. Things that surprise you, but still feel like they fit the story. The characters have to be well developed and able to run with whatever is thrown at them.

Wade Kelly - What is your suggestion or piece of advice to new and upcoming authors?
¾ of the process is editing. Make sure you edit, edit, and then edit some more. Get people to help you. Beta readers are GOLDEN.


 Let's take a closer look at one of Lynn's books:



The Holeshot

In the world of Supercross, taking the holeshot means one racer leaps ahead of the crowd and into first, leaving the rest of the pack behind. If Supercross racer Davey McAllister knows anything, it's how to take the holeshot. When the hot rising star mechanic, Tyler Whitmore, shows up in his bed, Davey does just that. But, dating a competitor's mechanic threatens to blow his ride if anyone finds out. With the fear of losing his sponsors, he has to keep his love life completely under cover, but Davey is in deep and wants to tell the world how much he loves Tyler. 

Tyler Whitmore wants to be out of the closet, but dating the competition is a death sentence for his career. Overprotective of Davey's reputation and his own dreams, Tyler refuses to commit to his lover and is afraid of falling hard. Will they ever be able to find their way through the Premiere racing league pitfalls and acknowledge their love? 



 Here are Lynn's bio and links:

Lynn Michaels lives and writes in Tampa, Florida where the sun is hot and the Sangria is cold. When she’s not writing she’s kayaking, hanging with her husband, or reading by the pool. Lynn writes Male/Male romance because she believes everyone deserves a happy ending and the dynamics of male characters can be intriguing, vulnerable, and exciting. She has both contemporary and paranormal titles and has been writing since 2014. Her stories don’t follow any set guidelines or ideas, but come from her heart and contain love in many forms.


Lynn Michaels Social Media Links:




  





Thank you so much Lynn for dropping by my blog today! I'm looking forward to seeing you at GRL! Everyone else, remember to enter that Rafflecopter giveaway! Here's the list of ebooks you could win:

Giveaway
Amy Wasp – City Boy
Jeff Adams – The Hockey Player’s Heart
TM Smith – Survivor or Lover
AE Via – Winner’s Choice
Lynn Michaels – The Holeshot
JR Barten  - Unf;nished    
Morningstar Ashley 
Alexa Land – The Rest of Forever
Deanna Wadsworth – Easy Rider
K-Lee Klein – Lazy Sundays
Jessie Gin – Rebuilding Hope
Wade Kelly -  Winner’s Choice 

The blog hop is continuing for several more days, so keep an eye out on social media for interviews with these fantastic authors:

October 1st - Amy Wasp will host Wade Kelly
October 2nd - Jeff Adams will host Jessie Gin
October 3rd - TM Smith will host K-Lee Klein
October 4th - AE Via will host Deanna Wadsworth
October 5th - Lynn Michaels will host Alexa Land
October 6th - JR Barten will host Morningstar Ashley
October 7th - Morningstar Ashley will host Jen JR Barton
October 8th - Alexa Land will host Lynn Michaels
October 9th - Deanna Wadsworth will host AE Via
October 10th - K-Lee Klein will host TM Smith
October 11th - Jessie Gin will host Jeff Adams
October 12th - Wade Kelly will host Amy Wasp

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Kindred Spirits is available for Pre-Order!



Kindred Spirits is now available for pre-order on Amazon! Elijah's story will drop into your Kindle in less than two weeks, on October 12th. 


Here's the US link  and the UK link.  Below is the blurb. I'm so excited to bring you this book! :)


Elijah Everett knows he should feel good about the progress he’s made over the last four years, ever since he ran away from a terrible situation at age sixteen. With the support of his loving, adopted family, he recently graduated from college and has a good job and an exciting new life waiting for him on Catalina Island. But his past has left him with little confidence and a list of fears a mile long, and Elijah wonders if he’ll ever fully heal. 

Cassidy Juric doesn’t talk about his past. He doesn’t talk about much at all, actually. And yet, Elijah thinks he recognizes a kindred spirit in the gorgeous young ranch hand. The two are undeniably drawn to each other, and a tentative relationship starts to develop. But when the devastating truth about Cassidy’s past is revealed, Elijah wonders if asking Cassidy to trust him might be asking the impossible.

Can two broken men learn to open their hearts and take a chance on love? Or will the ghosts of their past prevent them from building a future together?

Kindred Spirits bridges Alexa Land’s best-selling Firsts and Forever Series and its all-new spinoff, The Castaways Series. Long-time readers will recognize some familiar faces, along with a new setting and several new characters. This book can be read as a stand-alone.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Pre-Order Going Live This Weekend!

I'm on the final stretch of Kindred Spirits! Elijah's book begins the Castaways Series, which is a spin-off from my Firsts & Forever Series.

I'd been shooting for the end of September to publish this book, and I'm not too far off. Kindred Spirits will be available on Amazon October 12th. For the first time ever, I'll be offering a book on pre-order! That link will be going live sometime this weekend, and I'll post it here as soon as I have it.

The release date got pushed back a few days because I made a commitment to contribute a short story to a charity anthology (Heart2Heart volume 2). I was able to get that done this month as well as completing the first draft of Elijah's book, but it did take some time. Since 100% of the proceeds of that anthology will be going to LGBTQ charities, I felt it was important to be a part of that!

So, the short story is done, and Elijah's book is coming soon. Progress! Next week, I'll be participating in a blog hop as I get ready for GRL, so keep watching this page. :)

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Cover Reveal!

The cover, title, and series name reveal of my upcoming book is up on Love Bytes Reviews. You can check it out here!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Checking In Once Again

Well, this summer has certainly flown by! Since my hometown has been plagued with smoke from several (not particularly close) forest fires, that's actually a relief. The cooler, smoke-free days of fall are going to be most welcome.

I've been making slow but steady progress on Elijah's book, and in the next week or so, I'll be doing the cover reveal, title reveal, and series name reveal. Barring any unforeseen catastrophes, I should be on track to release the book at the end of September.

I also recently completed a short story that will be part of a charity anthology, which should be released in November. More on that as it gets closer, but here's the list of authors who will be a part of that fun book for a great cause!


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Checking In

It's hard to believe it's been a month since The Rest of Forever was released! Since then, my son finished 9th grade and I started working on my next book. It feels like June absolutely flew by!

I'm currently about 20K into Elijah's story, which will kick off the new, still-untitled spin-off series. This will be set at Seahorse Ranch, which was introduced in the last book.

If you happen to be on Pinterest, here's a link to my boards, including the one for the new series. It'll give you a feel for the characters, as well as the gorgeous setting of Catalina Island, off the coast of southern California.

Sometime in the late summer, I'll be doing a series name and cover reveal for Elijah's book. Between now and then, I'll be putting in a lot of hours in the writing cave! This will include participating in Camp NaNoWriMo during the month of July. If you're an author or aspiring writer, I encourage you to give National Novel Writing Month a try. The camp version is especially forgiving, since you get to set your own word count goals, and I've found it's a good motivator. The sense of community is nice, too!

Alright, I'm heading back to my work in progress. I hope your summer is off to a great start!